Boston cruises give you a fun and memorable way to see the city from the water, plus discover whales and other marine life you'd never spot from land.
All of these cruises do double-duty, letting you sightsee from a unique perspective while also enjoying a gourmet dinner or lunch, exploring the Harbor Islands, viewing top historic sights, visiting Cape Cod and Provincetown, and even experiencing the thrill of sailing on a tall ship.
Pick your cruise, and get ready for an unforgettable experience!
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As your whale watching cruise boat whisks you 25 miles east of Boston to Stellwagen Bank Marine Sanctuary, you'll enjoy city skyline views and the beautiful Harbor Islands.
Although the cruise out to Stellwagen Bank is spectacular, once you're there, the real fun begins as you watch the whales, other sea mammals, birds, and fish come close to your boat.
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Going on a Boston dinner cruise - or lunch or brunch cruise - is a favorite with visitors and locals. Not only do you get to enjoy a delicious gourmet meal, but you'll also have a memorable voyage around the Harbor or Charles River and see gorgeous scenery.
On some Boston dinner cruises, you'll even enjoy DJs and dancing - or perhaps celebrate a special occasion such as Mother's Day or New Year's Eve.
Because of the size of the luxury vessels used for the dinner cruises, they happen year-round, regardless of the weather.
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Boston Harbor cruises give you a fascinating view of some of the most important historical sites, the Harbor Islands, and even glimpses of luxury waterfront condos.
Tour guides keep you informed and entertained, combining sightseeing with fun. And for the biggest thrill, take a high-speed cruise on Codzilla, terror of the Harbor.
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Take a Charles River cruise, and you'll see Boston and Cambridge city skylines and pass by iconic sights such as Harvard, MIT, and famous biotech companies.
The comfortable riverboat-style vessels are roomy and comfortable, and offer you close-up views of bridges, wildlife along the river banks, and all the other boats along the river.
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Some of us dream all year about going on a fall foliage cruise, and it's easy to understand why . . .
Imagine brilliant crimson, orange, and golden foliage splashed against the rugged New England and eastern Canadian coastlines, layered between brilliant blue sky and even bluer water.
Choose short 1-2 hour cruise, a day cruise, or something longer.
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The romance of billowing white sails against blue skies . . . the excitement of being on an actual tall ship, a windjammer schooner that's a replica of mid-19th century Baltimore clippers . . . the adventure of exploring coastlines and open waters . . .
You'll get all of this and much more on a sailing cruise on Boston's own Liberty Fleet. You'll also find plenty of specialty cruises on this magnificent tall ship - lobster dinners, wine tastings, racing trips. You can even join a reenactment of the Boston Tea Party.
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Hop on a Boston Harbor Islands cruise, and in only 15 minutes, you can be in another world.
The Harbor Island National Park Area includes 32 islands and 2 coastal peninsulas in Boston's Inner and Outer Harbors. You'll find a rich assortment of activities sponsored by local groups, a 19th century fort to explore, sandy beaches, hiking trails, campgrounds, and some of the best views of the Boston skyline.
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A whole different world awaits you on Cape Cod...and the easiest way to get there is by water.
Take a fast ferry from Boston to Provincetown, and you'll be stepping on shore in 90 minutes - perfect for a day trip or weekend away.
The Provincetown ferry runs daily from May - October, and you can choose from 2 convenient departure locations in Boston.
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Boston Duck Tours take you on a unique adventure - a sure winner when you want to combine sightseeing with fun.
Part on land, part in the water, Duck Tours take you past iconic historic and modern sights. For many passengers, the best moment is when you splash down in the Charles River.
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Speed, spinning turns, loud rock music blaring from 30 on-board speakers, and the crew's comic routine involving pirates and mutant cod make Codzilla the wildest ride in the Harbor.
It's not for the faint of heart - but if you're looking for a unique cruise experience that combines sightseeing with fun - and you don't mind getting wet - this may be the Boston Harbor tour for you.
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Boston is a major port city, and a favorite departure point for vacation cruises going to Bermuda, other New England ports, Canada, the Caribbean, and even Europe.
The convenient location of Boston's Cruise Port makes going on these cruises especially easy and fun.
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You're flying into Boston Logan Airport and staying in a Downtown Boston hotel . . . so you take a cab from the airport, right?
Wrong! You take a water taxi . . . faster, cheaper, and much more fun! And what a view!
Several companies provide on-call water taxi service to a number of locations - they'll zip you to most spots in 10 minutes or less. Think of this as one of the best Boston mini cruises!
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